2014-03-31  UN-Gericht stoppt Japans Jagd auf Wale  Japan darf laut einem Urteil des Internationalen Gerichtshofes (IGH) keine Wale mehr in der Antarktis jagen

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Weitere wichtige Medienberichte!!  Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.

Japan told to halt Antarctic whaling by international court. Judge rules that Japanese whaling program is not scientific and that it failed to justify the number of minke whales it kills

…….  In a lengthy ruling, the presiding judge in the Hague, Peter Tomka,
said Japan had failed to prove that its pursuit of hundreds of mainly
minke whales in Antarctic waters every winter – under a programme
known as Jarpa II – was for scientific purposes.
“The evidence does not establish that the programme’s design and
implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated
objectives,” Tomka said.  “The court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with Jarpa II are
not for purposes of scientific research,” he added, before ordering
Japan to cease its whaling programme “with immediate effect”.
Campaigners welcomed the ruling. “This is an historic decision which
lays to rest, once and for all, the grim travesty of Japan’s so-called
‘scientific’ whaling and exposes it to the world as the blatant
falsehood it clearly is,” said Clare Perry, head of the cetaceans
campaign at the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency.
“With this ruling, Japan must clearly cease its whaling activities in
the Antarctic.”
The court ruled that Japan had not complied with its obligations
covering scientific research as set out in article 8 of the 1946
International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.
Japan, though, had maintained that its annual slaughter of 850 minke
whales and up to 50 endangered fin whales every year was necessary to examine the age, health, feeding habits, exposure to toxins and other characteristics of whale populations, with a view to the possible
resumption of sustainable commercial whaling.
Officials in Tokyo said the data could not be obtained through
non-lethal methods.
Tomka, however, said Japan had not offered sufficient scientific
justification for the slaughter of a large number of minke whales,
while failing to kill enough fin and humpback whales to be of any
scientific value. It had also failed to explore the possibility of
gathering certain scientific data without resorting to killing the
mammals, he added. In its defence, Japan cited only two peer-reviewed scientific papers
relating to its program from 2005 to the present, during which it has
harpooned 3,600 minke whales, a handful of fin whales, and no humpback whales.

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